Lakeview Health System
Medical Cannabis

 Minnesota medical cannabis (marijuana) program

A Minnesota law that took effect in 2015 allows the use of medical cannabis (marijuana) for nine medical conditions if a patient is certified to take the medication by their doctor or provider. In December 2015, the Minnesota Dept. of Health added intractable pain to the list of conditions that can legally be treated with medical cannabis beginning Aug. 1, 2016.

Here is an overview of how we are participating:
Our doctors and other care givers can participate in the program
Our medical doctors, advanced practice registered nurses or physician assistants can choose to participate in the medical cannabis program. However, there is very little research on medical cannabis and it is considered an experimental drug that can be different for each individual. A clinician’s decision to certify a patient or not will be based on whether that person could benefit from it.

Contact the Minnesota Department of Health for more information
The most up-to-date information can be found at the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Medical Cannabis:
Web: Minnesota Department of Health
Phone: 651-201-5598

Talk to the doctor or care giver who is treating your condition If you have more specific questions, talk to your doctor who is providing care for your qualifying condition. The cost of medical cannabis is not covered by health insurance Medical cannabis is not approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is therefore considered experimental and is not covered by HealthPartners health plans.

Conditions that qualify for medical cannabis
  • Minnesota law allows the use of medical cannabis to treat certain conditions including: • Cancer associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or severe wasting 
  • Glaucoma 
  • Tourette’s Syndrome 
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) 
  • Seizures including those including those characteristic of epilepsy 
  • Severe muscle spasms including those characteristic of multiple sclerosis 
  • Crohn’s Disease 
  • Terminal illness, with a life expectancy of less than one year, if the illness or treatment produces severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, cachexia or severe wasting 
  • Intractable pain beginning Aug. 1, 2016

 If you do not have one of these conditions, medical cannabis is not available.